Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man

DVD - 2005
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"Acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers" -- container.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2005
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: 599.784 AV DVD GRI
599.784 AV DVD GRI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Calvacade
Sep 20, 2017

Werner Herzog's stirring, thought-provoking documentary meditates with exceeding insight into the mind that drove the man.

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Janice21383
Jul 18, 2017

As many have said, disturbing, but not in the way you may assume. With the increased urbanization of our culture has come an increased love of the natural world, but with a decreased understanding of it. To be blunt, city people with Disney stars in their eyes are tramping around the hinterlands interacting with wild animals. Timothy Treadwell was an extreme, but in some ways representative example of well-meaning humans in the 21st century, who exploit nature for their emotional, rather than their financial benefit. Director Werner Herzog and other critics are perhaps too hard on him: Treadwell did have a genuine connection to nature; it was not all sentimental illusion. Still, one can give him credit for a good heart, while criticizing him for poor judgement, which brought destruction on himself and the animals he loved. An extra star for Richard Thompson's moody guitar soundtrack.

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1957Rick
Mar 31, 2017

A terrific film about what NOT to do in the wild. It sheds great light on the life of that man and what happened to his woman friend.

This is one great movie! This man really did understand bears, even the old bear who ate the man. In the movie he tells about this bear, and predicted it might kill him, and ten days later it did just like he thought it would. Once he chased it away, but the second time it attacked, I live with bears too. slept with wounded grizzlies, took care of and raised bear cubs. One bear even did my laundry. They have never hurt me, but I have been charged by some forty bears or more. Stand you ground, and talk softly to them, and hope they will stop. The males or boars who charge are the worst, some 95 percent of them will kill on a given charge. The female or sows will stop most of the time, they are just protecting the young, and they don't want to hurt or be hurt themselves. Remember one thing that they are wild animals and should be treated as such, they have power beyond your imagination, I have seen it many times, and they do and will kill humans, after all we are food to them. But one should learn of love them and all animals of nature and show your respect at all times. Fear bears? I do not never! But watching them do their bear stuff is amazing, once I was about three feet away from a bear, and mountain lion, going at it, the sow protecting her cubs. Guess who won?

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kimocrossman
Mar 30, 2016

I'm concerned that Herzog's films are categorized as documentaries. It's becoming evident over his filmography that he often invents significant characters into his version of documentaries. See his ‘Minnesota Declaration' http://offscreen.com/view/herzog_documentary_fiction

Some of the characters are quite difficult to believe in this film and it's not even clear the audio is real - yes it can be found on the internet but is it something he created too to spice things up?

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julianmexico
Mar 29, 2016

I like the fact that Herzog doesn't show the audio of the attack neither disturbing images so if you're expecting that, this is not for you. About Timothy Treadwell I think he had an addictive personality and substituted drugs with adrenaline and, as with many addictions, it lead to disaster.

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dionyzus
Jan 18, 2016

A disturbing documentary. Not visually, as it is a thing of beauty to watch Tim Treadwell commune with nature and animals in a national park in remote Alaska. But the self-documentary style of his own footage showed he was an idealistic eccentric who didn't grasp the risks he took with the wild grizzly bears who ultimately ended his life.

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dthomas6
Jan 17, 2016

This guy was a total narcissist. Claimed he was somehow "saving" bears. He deserved what he got. But his up-close video of grizzlies is stunningly beautiful.

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firefly5
Jun 18, 2015

Very different from any wildlife movie I have ever watched. Timothy Treadwell had good intentions, but I think he was somewhat deranged towards the end of his life. He seemed to think he was part of the grizzly bear population instead of the human population. Nearing the end of the movie he rants and rants against the park rangers and authority in general. He pretends to be out there alone when all the while he has his girlfriend, Amy with him. Very hard to rate this documentary or movie. Some fantastic pictures of the grizzly bear and wonderful pictures of foxes. Personally, I don't believe humans should befriend wild animals, however I do believe animals should be protected.

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HereHere
Apr 20, 2015

There are some fantastic scenes caught on camera. It is a shame what happened to him. When working with Grizzlies, one calculated error and you die a miserable but somewhat quick death. It's a dangerous business, and I for one am grateful that someone was willing to do the documentation as Treadwell did. That said, I really appreciated that the filmmaker captures people's strong opinions the other way (some of which are outrageous, but are identical from what I hear from an intolerable man I know).

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